TheJester (2001) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Benelux. (Listed as a "west coast stout" at 6.8%). The aroma is all hops - no roast or caramel features. Lots of fresh hops. The flavour has lots of hops early, some roast in the middle, and some chocolate at the end. Nice lingering bitterness. Full creamy body. Nice beer.
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask - Volo Cask Days 2010, Day 1 (session 2). With Stephen G ragging me non-stop in the background, I rate on. 60 IBUs. Mostly opaque ruby, clear around the edges, with an average frothy light brown head. Smells like a nice (non-syrupy) brown ale with a tad more than usual alcohol and oddly some salty tuna (???) and a hint of oak - some, but not much herbal bitterness. Taste is still quite malty and roasty, but in addition to the herbal bitterness, there is building low-level citrus zest bitterness as well - interesting, not entirely sure it’s a complete success. Slick, astringent, weakly carbonated, eventually develops near-IPA level hoppy bitterness, but still very roasty ..... I am still not sold on the "black IPA" concept.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at the brewpub. Deep black pour with a tight creamy tan head. The aroma is loaded with hoppy pine needles and resinousness. Lots of chewy hops over a very roasty base. Sticky hop oils and some roast as well. A little bit of cocoaish flavour but the hops are the start here. Black IPA even if the brewers call it a "West-coast style stout" - and a damn good one at that.
JulienHuxley (3605) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at the brewpub. Opaque black pour with dense whitish head. Aroma of burnt toast, lots of piney hops (cascade would be my guess), licrorice and coffee. Taste is very bitter, quite harsh with coffee and bittering hops dominating throughout, some notes of herbs and roastiness. Palate is superb. Very well carbonated, not too heavily bodied with a long dry bitter finish. A very good beer, the only thing that could keep me from lining up successive pints of this is that the repeated assault on my tastebuds would probably leave me tasting nothing else for the rest of my life.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the brewery. Great, round beer. Aromas of coffee, herbs, chocolate, and liquorice. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is creamy, with a medium-to-full body. Dark brown, with a frothy white head.
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at ’Volo Cask Days 2010’ . Pours black with a spare lasting bubbly tan head. Really nice hoppy aroma, I love it! Delicious flavour with lots of leafy green hops along with light roasted malt, some fruit, chocolate and a decent bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. A fantastic beer!
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3445-20101029] Cask. Fragrant fruity malt aroma has a mild oil paint and candy notes. Black body has medium brown bubbles. Cigarette bitter roasted fruit skins flavour. Medium body. Nice to sip.
(Cask Days @ Volo, Toronto, ON)
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Volo Cask Days 2010
Aroma slight hint of soap , hop feel with hint of soy sauce ,dark malt ,cocoa , vanilla and licorice. 7+
Appearance clean ,easy flowing almost black in colour. Rocky mid top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied. Frontal short bursts of dry roast followed by citrus hop profile. Mid presented with dark malts , hint of chocolate , licorice. Finish touch by dryness of alcohol.
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010-10-29. Black body, small frothy tan head. Flavour is interesting, modest roast, modest bitterness throughout, light green leafy character. It is not super complex, but quite good. Modest leafy green hops in the aroma. 6+ Average palate. 3+ Pretty decent. Cask at Volo, Toronto
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask for Cask Days at Volo in Toronto. Served in an English pint glass. Pours slightly reddish black with a small, rocky tan head. The head remains but does not lace. The nose has notes of grain and roasted malts, along with caramel, flowers, pine, grapefruit, earth and a hint of grape. The flavour begins slightly sweet but soon becomes moderately bitter. The finish is long and lingering, with bitter leafy hops. It is medium in body with a milky texture and flat carbonation. Overall, a nice combination of IPA hoppiness with roasty notes. 2010-10-29